A three-act play: pentachlorophenol threats to the cork oak forest soils mycobiome

Adélia Varela*, Celso Martins*, Cristina Silva Pereira, Current Opinion in Microbiology. (IF=6.76)
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Transcriptomic and metabolomic profiling of ionic liquid stimuli unveils enhanced secondary metabolism in Aspergillus nidulans

Paula C. Alves*, Diego O. Hartmann*, Oscar Núñez, Isabel Martins, Teresa L. Gomes, Helga Garcia, Maria Teresa Galceran, Richard Hampson, Jorg D. Becker, Cristina Silva Pereira, BMC Genomics, 2016, Volume 17(1): 284. (IF=3.986)

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Ionic Liquids as Unforeseen Assets to Fight Life-Threatening Mycotic Diseases

Diego O. Hartmann, Marija Petkovic, Cristina Silva Pereira, Front Microbiology, 2016, Volume 7, 111. (IF= 3.989)



Plasma membrane permeabilisation by ionic liquids: a matter of charge

Diego O. Hartmann, Karina Shimizu, Filipa Siopa, M. Cristina Leitão, Carlos A. M. Afonso, José N. Canongia Lopes and Cristina Silva Pereira. Green Chemistry, 2015, Volume 17, 4587-4598. (IF=8.02)

Understanding fungal functional biodiversity during the mitigation of environmentally dispersed pentachlorophenol in cork oak forest soils

Adélia Varela*, Celso Martins*, Oscar Núñez, Isabel Martins, Jos A.M.P. Houbraken, Tiago M. Martins, M. Cristina Leitão, Iain McLellan, Walter Vetter, M. Teresa Galceran, Robert A. Samson, Andrew Hursthouse, and Cristina Silva Pereira. Environmental Microbiology, 2015, Volume 17, 2922–2934. (IF=6.240)

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The old 3-oxoadipate pathway revisited: New insights in the catabolism of aromatics in the saprophytic fungus Aspergillus nidulans

Tiago M. Martins, Diego O. Hartmann, Sébastien Planchon, Isabel Martins, Jenny Renaut, Cristina Silva Pereira. Fungal Genetics and Biology, 2015, Volume 74, 32–44. (IF=3.262)



Elucidating how the saprophytic fungus Aspergillus nidulans uses the plant polyester suberin as carbon source

I Martins, DO Hartmann, PC Alves, C Martins, H Garcia, CC Leclercq, R Ferreira, J He, J Renaut, JD Becker, C Silva Pereira. BMC Genomics, 2014, Volume 15:613. (IF=4.400)

Ex-situ reconstitution of the plant biopolyester suberin as a film

H Garcia*, R Ferreira*, C Martins, AF Sousa, CSR Freire, AJD Silvestre, W Kunz, LPN Rebelo and C Silva Pereira. Biomacromolecules, 2014, Volume 15, 1806–1813. (IF=5.371)

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Development of a robust chromatographic method for the detection of chlorophenols in cork oak forest soils

I McLellan, A Hursthouse, C Morrison, A Varela, C Silva Pereira. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 2014, Volume 186, 1281-1293. (IF=1.592)

New branches in the degradation pathway of monochlorocatechols by Aspergillus nidulans: a metabolomics analysis

TM Martins, O Núñez, H Gallart Ayalla, MC Leitão, MT Galceran and C Silva Pereira. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2014, Volume 268, 264–272. (IF=3.925)

Investigating Aspergillus nidulans secretome during colonisation of cork cell walls

I Martins, H Garcia, A Varela, MC Leitão, S Planchon, J Renaut, MC Leitão, LPN Rebelo and C Silva Pereira. Journal of Proteomics, 2014, Volume 98, 175–188 (IF=4.088)

Unveiling the dual role of the cholinium hexanoate ionic liquid as solvent and catalyst in suberin depolymerisation

R Ferreira, H Garcia, AF Sousa, M Guerreiro, FJS Duarte, CSR Freire, MJ Calhorda, AJD Silvestre, W Kunz, LPN Rebelo and C Silva Pereira. RSC Advances, 2014, 4 (6), 2993 - 3002. (IF=2.562)!divAbstract

Cholinium-based supported ionic liquid membranes: a sustainable route for CO2 separation.

LC Tomé, DJS Patinha, R Ferreira, H Garcia, C Silva Pereira, CSR Freire, LPN Rebelo, IM Marrucho. ChemSusChem, 2014, Volume 7, 110-113. (IF=7.475)


Proteomic alterations induced by ionic liquids in Aspergillus nidulans and Neurospora crassa

I Martins, DO Hartmann, PC Alves, S Planchon, J Renaut, MC Leitão, LPN Rebelo and C Silva Pereira. Journal of Proteomics, 2013, Volume 94, 262–278. (IF=4.088)

Microwave Assisted Extraction of betulin from birch outer bark

R Ferreira, H Garcia, AF Sousa, C Freire, AJD Silvestre, W Kunz, LPN Rebelo and C Silva Pereira. RSC Advances, 2013, Volume 3, 21285-21288. (Partial IF=2.562)!divAbstract

Five new Penicillium species in section Sclerotiora: a tribute to the Royal Dutch family

CM Visagie, J Houbraken, C Rodrigues, C Silva Pereira, J Dijksterhuis, KA Seifert, K Jacobs, RA Samson. Persoonia, 2013 Volume 31, 42-62. (IF=4.136)

Media coverage of this work

Scientists announce top 10 new species for 2014, May 22, 2014.

Top 10 New Species of 2014. Orange Penicillium: A New Fungus Among Us, May 22, 2014.

A molecular analysis of the toxicity of alkyltributylphosphonium chlorides in Aspergillus nidulans

DO Hartmann and C Silva Pereira. New Journal of Chemistry, 2013, Volume 37, 1569-1577. – HOT PAPER (IF=2.966)

Short synthesis of the natural product 3beta-hydroxy-labd-8(17)-en-15-oic acid via microbial transformation of labdanolic acid

LMT Frija, H Garcia, C Rodrigues, I Martins, NR Candeias, V André, MT Duarte, C Silva Pereira and CAM Afonso. Phytochemistry Letters, 2013, Volume 6, 165-169.  (IF=1.179)

Harmonisation of physical and chemical methods for soil management in Cork Oak forests - Lessons from collaborative investigations

I McLellan, A Varela, M Blahgen, MD Fumi, A Hassen, N Hechminet, A Jaouani, A Khessairi, K Lyamlouli, H-I Ouzari, VM, E Novelli, A Pintus, C Rodrigues, PA Ruiu, C. Silva Pereira and A Hursthouse. African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 2013, Volume 7, 386-401.

Geochemical approach to assessing human impacts in Cork Oak forest soils of the MED region

I McLellan, A Hursthouse, A Varela, C Silva Pereira. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 2013, Volume 132, 34-40. (IF=1.952)

Isolation of suberin from birch outer bark and cork using ionic liquids: A new source of macromonomers

R Ferreira, H Garcia, A F Sousa, C SR Freire, A JD Silvestre, L P N Rebelo, C Silva Pereira. Industrial Crops and Products, 2013, Volume 44, 520–527. (IF=2.468)

The response of Mucor plumbeus to pentachlorophenol: a toxicoproteomics study

MB Carvalho, J Medeiros, I Martins, S Planchon, J Renaut, O Núñez, H Gallart-Ayalla, MT Galceran, A. Hursthouse, C. Silva Pereira. Journal of Proteomics, 2013, Volume 78, 159–171. (IF=4.088)


Suberin isolation from cork using ionic liquids: characterisation of ensuing products

R Ferreira, H Garcia, AF Sousa, M Petkovic, P. Lamosa, CSR Freire, AJD Silvestre, LPN Rebelo, C. Silva Pereira.  New Journal of Chemistry, 2012, Volume 36, 2014 - 2024. (IF=2.966)

Unravelling the mechanism of toxicity of alkyltributylphosphonium chlorides in Aspergillus nidulans conidia

M Petkovic*, DO Hartmann*, G Adamová, KR Seddon, LPN. Rebelo and C Silva Pereira, New Journal of Chemistry, 2012, Volume 36, 56-63. (IF=2.966)

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Degradation pathway of pentachlorophenol by Mucor plumbeus involves phase II conjugation and oxidation-reduction reactions

MB Carvalho, S Tavares, J Medeiros, O Núñez, H Gallart-Ayala, MC Leitão, MT Galceran, A Hursthouse, C Silva Pereira, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2011, Volume 198, 133-142. (IF=3.925)

Extensin network formation in Vitis vinifera callus is an essential and causal event in rapid and H2O2-induced reduction in primary cell wall hydration

C Silva Pereira, JML Ribeiro, AD Vatulescu, K Findlay, AJ MacDougall, PAP Jackson. BMC Plant Biology, 2011, Volume 11(106). (IF=4.354)

Impact of ionic liquids on extreme microbial biotypes from soil 

FJ Deive, A Rodríguez, A Varela, C Rodrígues, MC Leitão, JAMP Houbraken, AB Pereiro, MA Longo, M Ángeles Sanromán, JMSS Esperança, RA Samson, LPN Rebelo, C Silva Pereira, Green Chemistry, 2011, Volume 3, 687-696. (IF=6.828)

Ionic Liquids: A Pathway to Environmental Acceptability

M Petkovic, KR Seddon, LPN Rebelo and C Silva Pereira, Chemical Society Reviews, 2011, Volume 40, 1383-1403. - TOP CITED PAPER (IF=24.892) 


Novel biocompatible cholinium-based ionic liquids—toxicity and biodegradability

M Petkovic, JL Ferguson, HQ Nimal Gunaratne, R Ferreira, MC Leitão, KR Seddon, LPN Rebelo and C Silva Pereira, Green Chemistry, Volume 2010, 12, 643-649. (IF=6.828)

On the Merge of Fungal Activity with Ionic Liquids towards the Development of New Biotechnological Processes

M Petkovic, J Ferguson, A Bohn, JR Trindade, I Martins, MC Leitão, MB Carvalho, C Rodrigues, H Garcia, R Ferreira, KR Seddon, LPN Rebelo, and C Silva Pereira, in Ionic Liquid Applications: Pharmaceuticals, Therapeutics, and Biotechnology, ed. S. V. Malhotra, ACS Symposium Series, 2010, 115-134.

Dissolution of cork biopolymers in biocompatible ionic liquids

H Garcia*, R Ferreira*, M Petkovic, JL Ferguson, MC Leitão, HQN Gunaratne, KR Seddon, LPN Rebelo and C Silva Pereira, Green Chemistry, 2010, Volume 12, 367-369. (IF=6.828)
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Screening pentachlorophenol degradation ability by environmental fungal strains belonging to the phyla Ascomycota and Zygomycota

MB Carvalho, I Martins, MC Leitao, H Garcia, C Rodrigues; VS Romao, I McLellan, A Hursthouse, C Silva Pereira. Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology, 2009, Volume 36, 1249-1256. (IF=2.321)

Exploring fungal activity in the presence of ionic liquids

M Petkovic, JL Ferguson, A Bohn, J Trindade, I Martins, MB Carvalho, MC Leitão, C Rodrigues, H Garcia, R Ferreira, KR Seddon, LPN Rebelo and C Silva Pereira, Green Chemistry, 2009, Volume 11, 889–894. (IF=6.828)


The environmental behaviour of polychlorinated phenols and its relevance to cork forest ecosystems: a review

I McLellan, M Carvalho, C Silva Pereira, A Hursthouse, C Morrison, P Tatner, I Martins, MV San Romao and M Leitao, Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 2007, Volume 9, 1055-1063. (IF=2.085)